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Veggies Better Than Meat For A Healthy Heart

February 13, 2013 by  

Veggies Better Than Meat For A Healthy Heart

In developed countries, heart disease is the single largest cause of death, responsible for 65,000 deaths each year in the U.K. In the United States, that number is a shocking 600,000.

The University of Oxford recently concluded the largest study ever undertaken in the U.K. comparing rates of heart disease between vegetarians and non-vegetarians, involving 45,000 volunteers from England and Scotland, of whom 34 percent were vegetarian.

Participants in the study were recruited throughout the 1990s and tracked until 2009, during which time researchers identified 1,235 cases of heart disease. This comprised 169 deaths and 1,066 hospital diagnoses, identified through hospital records and death certificates. Heart disease cases were validated using data from the Myocardial Ischaemia National Audit Project.

The results demonstrated that the risk of hospitalization or death from heart disease is 32 percent lower in vegetarians than in people who eat meat and fish. The vegetarians in the study had lower blood pressures and cholesterol levels than non-vegetarians, which is thought to be the main reason behind their reduced risk of heart disease.

Tim Key, co-author of the study and deputy director of the Cancer Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford, said: “The results clearly show that the risk of heart disease in vegetarians is about a third lower than in comparable non-vegetarians.”

Kellye Copas

Staff writer Kellye Copas has several years experience writing for the alternative health industry. Her background is in non-profit fundraising, copywriting and direct mail and web marketing.

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  • Congress Works For Us

    “The results clearly show that the risk of heart disease in vegetarians is about a third lower than in comparable non-vegetarians.”

    Nonsense. The only thing ths study shows is that people who are more careful about what they eat have less heart disease. Vegetarians are far more likely to consume organic produce and steer away from food (of any kind) produced using chemical fertilizers.

    Also, the study makes no attempt to separate those eating meat produced by large industrial concerns, and those who seek out fresh, local, natural produce.

    Moreover, given the recent shocking headlines about Horse-meat hamburgers, and even Donkey-meat as well in British food, is it any wonder there are problems when those who do pay attention to what they are eating are not being sold what is on the label!

  • kenwa d’arc

    i they would have indicated the statistics of vegans who had heart disease and died of it. cheese and honey have very much cholesterol in them.

    i am vegetarian, and when eating macaroni and cheese all meals of the day i was informed that i had high cholesterol in my blood stream. i expect no cholesterol consumption will result in no heart disease or high cholesterol levels.

    • John J.

      Real cheese and honey is good for you. Don’t eat the hormone filled “cheese” or the 20% stuff called honey in the stores.

  • Hedgehog

    Studies have shown that cholesterol is necessary for the production of testosterone. Is this study another attempt to boost sales of expensive statins (anti-cholesterol drugs) and testosterone injections also very expensive? I think we need more studies on the effects of pesticides, GMOs and big agribusiness practices. In short, follow the money. Who pays for these studies and who benefits from them?

  • Chester

    Was no mention of the obesity rate between vegetarians and omnivores. Vegetarians have a bit of a problem getting much more than slightly above subsistence calories in their daily diet, while meat eaters usually have to be careful not to wind up overweight. For kenwa d’arc, the body can and does manufacture its own cholesterol, so outside sources are not actually necessary, although cheese IS a relatively high cholesterol food. Hedgehog, all they did was compare the type of diet and number of heart attacks. They did NOT go into whether it was high cholesterol or something else that caused the heart attacks

  • empty pockets

    About a quarter of our total cholesterol comes from the food we eat. The rest is produced by the body at the cellular level.

    So what this “study” seems to have overlooked is the genetic connection. And where is the data proving that vegetarians overall have longer life spans?

    A friend recently had a heart attack followed by an angoigram which showed all the arteries to his heart were clogged with deposits creating from 40%-50% up to 90%-100% blockages. Yet he had been on a low fat/low cholesterol dietary regimen for two decades and his blood cholesterol tests always came out well within “healthy” range.

    Cherry picking data from “studies” to show what one group or another wants it to show is dangerous. What this study really shows is that we don’t know nearly as much as we’d like to believe we do.

  • ibcamn

    Oh god,…more veggie tales?!

  • http://yahoo Don

    i get health emails all the time. in a lot of them they disagree on the vegetarian thing. most i have seen say vegetarians have shorter lives because they lack nutrients that meat furnishes. there probly is a limit that you can use to avoid the damage that excessive meat consumption could cause. i’m kinda stuck in the middle on this.

  • Hedgehog

    I have complained for years that “one size fits all” medicine is pure hokum! Each person is unique and has unique dietary and health requirements. That’s why diets don’t work for everyone. Each person has to experiment with diet, and exercise using themselves as a guinea pig to find out what is best for them. Because off my health; I am a type 2 diabetic, with atrial fibrillation,borderline high blood pressure, BPH, high cholesterol and ITP. Just to make things interesting, I’m 71, allergic to statin drugs, allergic to BPH drugs, allergic to sulfa drugs, and I am taking immune suppressant drugs at about the same level as someone who has had an organ transplant, for the ITP. Not a very good insurance risk! For me the best diet is a modified paleo diet, with burst exercising, no sugar or HFCS, and very little fruit.

  • http://midcontent ridge runner

    Just another BS fad. I remember the faf don’t eat eggs, don’t eat egg yolks, don’t eat any pork, only chicken, even though chicken is indected with sam and elly, so is vegatables,. Noe eggs are a good for you, why egg and chickemn production is controlled by Tyson Foods, vegs are controlled by to massive companies that fight tooth and nail to keep out private producers. Pork producers used to be able to market their production at small local sale barns, not any more the vertically intergrated companies, now control (own) the sows, piglets, boars, down to you buy their feed, and they will give you what they think you need. Shades of the dumbocrap mantra, of everyone controlled by a centeral location. Eggs and chicken production went the way of vertical intergration in late 60′s. When mega government owned and controlled companies gain control of any segment of food production, it is suddenly a wonder food. Remember the need for fish BS, until the mercury problems showed up and food contmination of forgein raised food has showed up. Apperently you vegan freaks forget the deaths of sam am ellia contamination. The meat contaminations are because trimmings are shipped 1000 of miles from all over, and even from foreign countries, as long as not inspected at processing plants, as long the carcuss is broken down into boxed packages. What sorry b–stards created the rules, any mega company who has eleminated compeditors, to gain control of the market. Tyson Foods, ConAg, Contental Grain, Smithfeild Foods and 3 more control every item you eat, even tofu. Why isn’t already rules that have been on the books not enforced, Who has the short hairs of our elected pukes. The muslim and his grup azzed mate are pushing regulations for what citizens eat, but not their sorry azzes selves, who dine ob Kobi beef, that has to be shipped in from foreign country. I eat beef but I don’t like the taste. The vegan idoits have not announced that beef has high levelsomega 3, and other good viti. and other needed minerals.. The best thing is to get off their dead azzes and produce something like their own food. Another BS idea is gluuton poisoning, more Hooleyweird crap. Too much drug use and cleaning fluid in hallant with a diet pop.


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